The Road To Rooster Walk: Marcus King Discusses Songwriting

first_img“All of a sudden there’s a song – there in your hotel room playing your guitar – and you write it, and two or three years later it will come true. It keeps you on your toes.”These words, spoken by Townes Van Zandt, support a popular notion of the songwriter in American popular culture: A rambling man, on the road with a band, playing venues both squalid and splendid, creating songs from thin air with little more than a beat up guitar, bottle of booze and hotel notepad.And there’s no doubt that countless great tunes have been written in such a manner.But there’s another question worth asking: In 2017, are most songs written that way?To find out, we spoke with six songwriters who will be at the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) in Martinsville, Va. These six artists: Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Anders Osborne, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Lyle Divinksy (The Motet), Marcus King, and Wood Robinson (Mipso) bring different backgrounds, hometowns, experience levels and genres to the craft of songwriting.Perhaps unsurprisingly, they write songs in different manners.Read on for an “intimate” glimpse of the quick-writing style and unique acoustic location that Marcus King utilizes when writing new songs.Editor’s Note: This is the third story in a six-part “Road to Rooster Walk” series about the craft and process of songwriting. Previous installments featured The Motet and Greensky Bluegrass.Perhaps no Rooster Walk artist has seen his popularity rise quicker in the past 12 months than 20-year-old Marcus King, and certainly no artist interviewed for this story likes to write on a quicker timeline.“I’m pretty hard-headed when it comes to that. As far as the bare bones of the song, I want to finish it within the first day that I come up with the idea. That’s the goal,” he said. “A long one for me would be a week-long process. That would be a crazy amount of time.”King makes use of an old-fashioned notepad and pen when sitting down to write; when he’s on the go, he captures song ideas or lyrical snippets with the voice recording app on his smartphone.“I’ve always been a notepad kind of guy, and I think I will be for a long time,” he said. “There’s something about it that’s just so final, because there’s a lot of times where you’ll write something and second guess yourself a lot. I don’t use a pencil for the same reason that I don’t use a laptop: Because you can always backspace or erase it. Sometimes those funny mistakes we make can turn out cooler than what you intended. But then sometimes they’re total shit, and I have to scribble it out (laughs).”One example of a quick notepad song is “Rita is Gone,” off King’s full-length debut album, “The Marcus King Band.”While in the recording studio working on the album, he was challenged by friend and record label rep Joe McEwen to come up with two more songs. King had been bouncing ideas around that would take shape in “Rita is Gone,” but at the time, the ideas weren’t fully formed or connected.That night, while watching the TV show “Dexter,” it all came together in a hurry.“I went home, and I kind of had that fire lit under my ass, ‘Joe asked me to go home and write two songs.’ So after that I’d been hanging at the house watching “Dexter,” and when that character (named Rita) died, I was like, ‘Oh shit, I gotta write.’”The next day, “Rita is Gone” was recorded.The band has been touring on a nearly constant basis over the last two years. The lack of privacy that comes with living on the road has also led to a new writing destination for King.“I honestly find a lot of time to meditate and ponder on ideas on the throne. I call it ‘Porcelain Serenity,’” he explained. “When you’re constantly surrounded by 7 other people on the road, you don’t find a lot of time to really clear your head space. So that’s an important one.”In fact, King has become so comfortable with the routine that virtually every original song on his latest album was shaped, at some point, by ‘Porcelain Serenity.’“There’s porcelain throne time to every tune, really,” he admitted. “It’s definitely taken time in the lavatory in my house, because the acoustics are just better. And late at night, in the hotel, that’s the only place to escape other than the hallway. You don’t wanna wake anyone up, so the bathroom’s a good spot.”Songwriters who influence Marcus: Sam Cooke, Eric Krasno (“I just love the way he writes.”) and Billie Holliday.Next Week on the Road to Rooster Walk: Anders Osborne. Stay tuned![Photo by Emily Butler]last_img read more

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Exploring family engagement in out-of-school time settings

first_img Read Full Story Twenty-five out-of-school time educators from Boston and Cambridge recently participated in a two-part workshop on family engagement at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston. Sessions were facilitated by Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral students Stephany Cuevas and Deepa Vasudevan.Attendees explored leading research on the relationship between family engagement and improving both their organizations and the outcomes of their students. Participants also took part in individual reflection exercises and group activities to enrich their approach to family partnerships.All attendees left with action plans on how they’ll incorporate what they learned into their organizations, and also received a copy of Beyond the Bake Sale, a book written by HGSE lecturer, Dr. Karen Mapp.For a deeper dive into family engagement practices and research, participants were also encouraged to sign up for the HarvardX course, developed by Karen Mapp, entitled Introduction to Family Engagement in Education. The course is free and open to the public. Interested individuals can find out more at the link below.last_img read more

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Man Charged With DWI, Allegedly Driving 71 MPH In Jamestown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Headline says 25 year old article says 44 year old which is it WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges after police say he was busted driving 71 m.p.h. in parts of the city while drunk.New York State Police report 44-year-old Hashaun Leeper fled officers who attempted to stop him on North Main Street on Wednesday.Troopers say Leeper fled down several city streets before police were able to get him to stop on West 9th Street.Police say Leeper was taken into custody following a brief struggle. At the State Police Barracks, troopers say Leeper provided a breath sample of .21 percent or more than twice the legal limit.He is charged with aggravated DWI, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police office in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.He is scheduled to appear in Jamestown City Court next month.last_img read more

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Billy Harrigan Tighe Will Star as J.M. Barrie in the Finding Neverland Tour

first_img View Comments Raise your voice in cheer! Broadway favorite Billy Harrigan Tighe will star as J.M. Barrie in the national tour of Finding Neverland. Tighe, who’s taking over for Kevin Kern, will begin performances in the touring production of the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical on February 7 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.Tighe’s recent credits include Pippin on Broadway, Elder Price in The Book of Mormon in the West End and national tour, and as Fiyero in Wicked.In addition to Tighe, the cast of the Finding Neverland tour includes Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Tom Hewitt as Charles Froman/Captain Hook, Karen Murphy as Mrs. Du Maurier and Jordan Cole, Finn Faulconer, Tyler Patrick Hennessy, Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler and Mitchell Wray as the Llewelyn Davies boys.Based on the Oscar-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.Finding Neverland features direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels. Billy Harrigan Tighelast_img read more

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What’s holding you back from being data-driven?

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Let’s face it: we live in a world where a strong data and analytics competency is becoming a “must have” for successful companies. Despite the growing significance of analytics, the majority of banks and credit unions are not “data-driven” organizations.We’ve uncovered a number of common reasons why investment in data and analytics has been pushed off or outright rejected. Despite these challenges, most of the common reasons against data and analytics are driven by inaccuracies or misinformation.In this post, we will address the common pushbacks against data and analytics projects and how to overcome those challenges. continue reading »last_img read more

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Rebates will help CUs keep deposits & more

first_img continue reading » The NCUSIF rebate is arriving at just the right time for some CUs, many of which plan to use the unplanned-for funds to underwrite higher CD rates to stop deposit outflows as rates rise, in addition to investing elsewhere.Raising rates is just one of the uses for the funds being returned to credit unions following the merger of the Temporary Corporate CU Stabilization Fund into the share insurance fund, according to credit union CEOs who told CUToday.info that the refunds, generally, will be put to use to keep the credit union competitive, strong and relevant with members.This report is part one in a two-part series.In all, NCUA has returned approximately $836 million to credit unions. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Voice of Entrepreneurs Association: Tourism has been brought to its knees, and tourist workers have no benefit from the CNTB

first_img“One of the important branches that could save the Croatian economy has been brought to its knees! While other European Union countries are lowering VAT, Croatia has not done so, despite constant appeals. Also, at a time when the CNTB should be doing a great job of attracting guests and timely and adequate communication, Croatian tourism workers do not benefit from them at all. Now it is no longer an exaggerated claim: a fire is burning in tourism and catering, and there may be another month or two until the complete incineration – emphasize from the Committee for Tourism and Catering of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association In these existing conditions, with high VAT, daily cancellations of reservations closely related to the number of patients with COVID-19 in Croatia, with a reduced number of tables in restaurants, large expenditures on disinfectants, strong parafiscal levies that are not given up as if we are living one of the best tourist seasons – there is less and less chance of survival. In addition, the state has given up on addressing the moratorium on leasing. Intervention is therefore necessary! In fact, it was necessary as early as yesterday.  We do not need pictures of the beaches of the Croatian Tourist Board now, we need quick media reactions, transparency in communication with guests, flexibility, articulated and targeted campaign adapted to tourism during the epidemic. We can say about the work of the CNTB that the budget of the Republic of Croatia depends on the liquidity of many companies and crafts, the survival of a large part of the Croatian economy, and their jobs should certainly depend as well. During this time in which the branch that drives the Croatian economy is on the verge of collapse, and the UGP is asking itself: what is the CNTB doing?  Also, the UGP points out that the UGP had more repercussions in the foreign media with its announcement about the safety and effort of Croatian tourist workers than the CNTB in these three pandemic months! The CNTB does not seem to be able to function outside the framework written in the regulations and laws of many years ago, it has a problem adapting to the market, not listening and not feeling the needs of tourism. The CNTB is a sluggish system lulled into the waves of the beautiful sea and beaches, point out the UGP. “If the Government does not reduce the VAT for everyone in tourism and catering to min. 13%, as the most endangered activities and if there are no key reforms in the tourism sector, and especially if there is a merger of the Ministries of Tourism and Culture, which we hope will not happen, a key branch of the Croatian economy loses perspective and falls to its knees. “ said Hrvoje Bujas, president of the Voice of Entrepreneurs association. Tourism and hospitality during the crisis COVID-19 is on its knees. There are no earnings and new investments, and banks and leasing companies do not react and do not make this difficult period easier for their clients, on the contrary. The business of companies, crafts, renters, event industry, carriers, shipping companies and all others who live from tourism, aims at only two things: to preserve jobs and preserve the liquidity of the company. “He still shoots videos and expensive commercials on the beaches, with umbrellas, shrimps on the buzara, on the islands and cities on the Adriatic. It’s like nothing’s happening. Their valid reaction was missing, and certainly, now more than ever, the necessary reorganization and reduction of the number of Tourist Boards. Their number, with the total number of employees, in a month will exceed the number of surviving companies operating in tourism and hospitality! The Croatian Tourist Board is fighting tourism, not tourism! ” said Gordana Fabijanic, a member of the UGP Tourism Committee. Therefore, the UGP is requesting urgent interventions from the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Minister of Finance and the new Minister under whose responsibility tourism will be. They believe that it is necessary to lower VAT, as many European Union countries have done, and to pass a regulation by which banks will have to give a moratorium on loans and leases without charging interest. / / / MANY WORLD MEDIA FOLLOWED UGP ACTION AND #CROATIAISSAFE CAMPAIGN Photo: Kookay, Pixabay.com At a time when the whole world is trying to adapt to the new situation, when countries are reducing the VAT rate, balancing between epidemiological measures and saving the economy, Croatia is by no means doing enough. last_img read more

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Garuda opens dialogue with sukuk holders as it struggles to pay dues

first_img“We offer three options and we have talked with our sukuk holders about how to deal with the situation. Hopefully, there will be a solution to this matter,” he told the press during a virtual briefing on Monday. Garuda Indonesia issued US$496.8 million in global sukuk on June 3, 2015, with a five-year tenure and an annual return of 5.95 percent, according to the company’s financial report released in September last year.However, the airline has struggled to maintain its cashflow with the number of flights nosediving due to the implementation of large scale social restrictions across the country and the imposition of travel bans by various countries to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Garuda Indonesia recently sent a letter to its sukuk holders on the repayment. In the letter dated April 29, which was signed by Garuda finance director Fuad Rizal, the company admitted that the pandemic had created an extremely challenging business environment for the airline. “In response to this, the company has been taking measures to ensure the well-being of its staff and customers while managing liquidity proactively amid the uncertainty the airline industry currently faces. The company continues to assess all its options to remain a going concern, in particular in relation to its sukuk due in June 2020,” stated Garuda. Garuda Indonesia has also appointed PJT Partners to facilitate the discussion between the airline and bond holders to find a solution to the problem. Apart from the negotiations, Irfan revealed during a hearing with lawmakers on April 27 that Garuda was considering taking out bank loans to help the company repay the sukuk.Read also: Indonesian air carriers report sharp decline in cargo trafficThe COVID-19 crisis has dealt a severe blow to Garuda and airlines around the world with the aviation industry recording a sharp decline in passenger numbers and revenue since February.According to presentation materials made available to lawmakers, Garuda estimates it suffered a 31.9 percent decline in passenger and cargo revenue in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The COVID-19 crisis has also forced Garuda to ground 100 of its 142 aircraft.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday that only 70 flights were scheduled daily across the entire the country, down from 79,000 daily flights before the virus outbreak.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is reaching out to the holders of its sukuk to hold a discussion on repayments due in June as the airline struggles to maintain cashflow amid the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said every time a sukuk due date was approaching, a company had three options to consider: repayment with a discount, full repayment or a payment extension.Read also: Garuda, ‘severely affected’ by COVID-19, may restructure bonds: Ministerlast_img read more

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China unveils global data security initiative, says some countries bullying others

first_imgChina announced an initiative on Tuesday to establish global standards on data security, saying it wanted to promote multilateralism in the area at a time when “individual countries” were “bullying” others and “hunting” companies.The announcement, by State Councilor Wang Yi, comes a month after the United States said it was purging “untrusted” Chinese apps under a program dubbed “Clean Network”.China’s initiative calls for technology firms to prevent the creation of so-called backdoors in their products and services that could allow data to be obtained illegally, as well as for participants to respect the sovereignty, jurisdiction and data management rights of other countries. It also calls for participants to not engage in large-scale surveillance of other countries or illegally acquire information of foreign citizens through information technology.It did not detail the nature of the initiative or say whether any other country had joined.”Global data security rules that reflect the wishes of all countries and respect the interests of all parties should be reached on the basis of universal participation by all parties,” Wang said.”Some individual countries are aggressively pursuing unilateralism, throwing dirty water on other countries under the pretext of ‘cleanliness’, and conducting global hunts on leading companies of other countries under the pretext of security. This is naked bullying and should be opposed and rejected.” Topics :center_img China tightly controls and censors its own cyberspace through the popularly dubbed Great Firewall, which has for years restricted access to firms such as US majors Twitter Inc , Facebook Inc and Google owner Alphabet Inc .The administration of US President Donald Trump has taken aim at Chinese giants such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , Tencent Holdings Ltd and TikTok owner ByteDance, citing concerns over national security and the collection of personal data, which the companies have rejected.It has blocked US exports to Huawei and plans to ban TikTok in the United States this month unless ByteDance sells TikTok’s US operationslast_img read more

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